It’s not hard to pinpoint the distinctive head of rock at the entrance to the Bernese Oberland – but the fact that you can stand pretty much on top to enjoy views direction Thun, Aare Valley and Bern as far as Jura is known to few.
From the far end of the Simmen Valley, to give you a sense of direction, a cable car journeys in two sections over the Hinterstocken lake to the summit. The south side affords views of the snow-covered high Alps including the Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau and Blüemlisalp, while the panoramic viewing platform on the north side overlooks the Swiss Plateau.
Right next to the panorama restaurant, a tunnel leads through the mountain to the “Stockhorn eyes” and the spectacular, suspended viewing platform on the north face of the Stockhorn. Visitors will be stunned by the near-vertical 400m view down through the glass floor, with the Aare Valley and the city of Thun 1,500m below. The whole site is accessible to prams and wheelchairs. Information boards explain the local geology and how the summit gallery was built.
50 years of the Stockhorn cable car
The Stockhorn cable car is celebrating its 50th anniversary this summer. To mark the occasion, it has been treated to new, modern cabins with panoramic windows, offering even more impressive views on the way up. In addition to the new cabins, a special exhibition entitled “50 years of the Stockhorn cable car” is being held at the Agensteinhaus in Erlenbach. The exhibition is open to visitors from Wednesday to Saturday afternoon.
By train to Erlenbach in the Simmen Valley, 12 minutes on foot or with the shuttle bus to the valley station, cable car via the mid Chrindi station and on to the summit.
View: Bernese Alps, Simmen and Aare valleys as far as Bern and the Jura
Attractions: Tunnel to the panoramic viewing platform on the north face of the Stockhorn, 400 meters above the valley floor
Culinary aspects: Panorama restaurant by the mountain station,180 places, sun terrace, Sunday brunches (year-round), moon-shine dinners
Overnight stays: no possible accommodation
Groups: Group offers for minimum 20 people, including extra trips; aperitifs in the rock grotto
Winter: Cable railway to the summit, winter hiking paths and snowshoe trails from Chrindi, no ski-lift operations
Special comments: Hinterstocken and Oberstocken lakes – great spots for families
4 to 8 hours (full day)
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0 to 5 years, 6 to 9 years, 10 to 13 years, 14+ years
Adventure, Nature, Active